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It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Sarah and Daniel’s Real Vintage Raleigh, NC Wedding at All Saints Chapel, photographed by Revival Photography.
Sarah and Daniel — a wonderful couple with such huge hearts — married over the summer in a beautiful, vintage-inspired wedding. They held both their ceremony and reception at the historic All Saints Chapel in Downtown Raleigh, which was built in 1875. The venue provided the perfect complement to the vintage theme, and the photos from Revival Photography are absolutely breathtaking — seriously, wait ’til you see the father-daughter reveal…so unbelievably sweet! After the bride and her ‘maids finished getting ready, they took a trip to Pullen Park for some fun outdoor photos, while the groom and his guys headed to NC State’s campus. Afterwards, the couple met up at All Saints to tie the knot and celebrate with their friends and family with dancing and delicious food from The Q Shack.
We love all of the unique details, from the sweet fan programs and family photos to the bride’s retro shoes and the groom’s Southern style — this wedding is simply fantastic!
Ceremony & Reception: All Saints Chapel
Photographer: Revival Photography
Florist: Jane Utley
Caterer: The Q Shack (member of The Farmer’s Table group)
Hair: Brandy Grimes
Videographer: Circle Limit Digital
This Sunday, October 27, the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel will be hosting North Carolina’s first-ever LGBT Wedding Expo – The Same Love, Same Rights Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo! The show will run from 12:30 – 3:30pm, and will feature over 30 exhibitors and booths for attendees to meet with and speak to about their future wedding-planning needs.
In addition, the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel will be having a Wedding/Social Event Open House in their Hannover Ballroom following the show, from 1:00 – 4:00pm. The ballroom will be decorated as it would be for a wedding reception, featuring some cutting-edge displays by the AV company and delicious food tastings. Free parking is available to attendees of both events in the Sheraton deck.
For more information and to RSVP, go here.
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Clair and Seth’s unique big day — they tied the knot at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, and celebrated afterwards at a totally unique reception venue — a restored warehouse. Enjoy photos of today’s Downtown Raleigh urban warehouse wedding, courtesy of Renee Sprink Photography!
Clair and Seth met when her mom hired him to cook for Clair’s birthday. Seth ended up hanging around after the party ended to visit with Clair’s family, and most definitely caught her eye! He continued to cook for several of the family’s private dinner parties, and even tutored Clair’s little sister. From there, Clair and Seth’s friendship developed and slowly evolved into true love.
Seth planned a sweet proposal that included both his and Clair’s families. He took Clair up to a rooftop bar, and when she looked down, she saw her dad and sister. When she looked at Seth confused, he told her it was because it was a special day, and dropped to one knee! Of course, Clair said yes, and the couple celebrated their engagement with their families before heading off to a romantic dinner for two.
They tied the knot at their church, Edenton Street United Methodist Church, and celebrated afterwards with a reception in a renovated urban warehouse in Downtown Raleigh. The couple felt that most of the reception spaces they visited just didn’t “fit” right, so they went a totally unique route and chose a private space that they could customize to their taste! Because it was such an unconventional reception space, the couple and their vendors had to get creative and invest a lot of work, but it turned out beautifully.
Clair was inspired by Kate Spade’s classic, preppy designs, and the two decided to plan their wedding around that sort of theme, complimented by a black, white and gold color palette. They used black and white striped table cloths, and accented the space with lots of gold details. The couple selected Renee Sprink Photography after Clair fell in love with her images from a close friend’s wedding, and other members of the SB&G Family helped make their wedding day perfect, including CE Rental and Island Sound.
Enjoy these beautiful photographs from Clair and Seth’s March wedding, courtesy of Renee Sprink!
Ceremony Location: Edenton Street United Methodist Church
Reception: Private gallery in Downtown Raleigh
Minister: Reverend Ned Hill
Rehearsal Dinner: Bloomsbury Bistro
Wedding Planner: Sarah Morris
Jewelry: Kate Spade and family heirlooms
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung
Men’s Formalwear: Brooks Brothers
Hair: Bottega Salon
Photographer: Renee Sprink Photography
Florist: The Pink Peony
Cake: My Heavenly Sweets
Reception Music: Island Sound
Party Rentals: CE Rental
Transportation: White Horse
Hosting your wedding at a venue that also has onsite accommodations is an absolutely fantastic option for both you and your guests. The entire wedding weekend becomes an event; you can reserve a block of rooms and have all of your friends and family together in one location!
Here in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, and its surrounding towns and destination locations, there are a ton of options for venues with onsite accommodations — especially hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts — so one is sure to fit your exact needs.
There’a reason hotels and B&Bs are some of the most popular choices for wedding venues — Triangle NC hotel weddings are convenient, cost-efficient and customizable.
Convenience at it’s Finest
The coordination of a hotel wedding is incredibly simple. They typically have hosted their fair share of weddings, so they know what they’re doing! Hotels will have great vendor recommendations, because they’ve probably worked with just about every wedding pro in town. It’s also incredibly convenient for your guests — especially out-of-towners — because your ceremony, reception and accommodations are all in one location. There’s no need to worry about transportation, parking, or the logistics of having separate venues for your ceremony and reception.
Because hotels often have wedding packages, many of the vendors you would normally need to hire elsewhere are included. Most hotels and B&Bs will require you to use their catering service, so choose somewhere with terrific food and leave the meal planning to them! Many hotels also offer complimentary shuttle service, including airport pick-up and drop-off for your out of town guests to make the weekend go even smoother.
Unique & Customizable
Hotels and B&Bs usually have several options for event spaces. If you want to have your ceremony and reception at the hotel, you can either flip the space between events, or choose completely different locations — like hosting a garden ceremony followed by a ballroom reception. The venues normally have a variety of beautiful spaces — like ballrooms with elegant chandeliers, perfectly manicured gardens, and cozy, more intimate rooms for smaller weddings. You can add your own twists to the traditional hotel spaces by incorporating decorations, specialty lighting, and floral arrangements.
Renaissance Raleigh Hotel//Azul Photography
For wedding venues with on-site accommodations, check out SB&G’s Accommodations page or our Sortable Venue Guide.
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom, and today we’ve got a gorgeous Real Triangle, NC Wedding to share with y’all — Dan and Courtney’s bright, May nuptials at The Hudson Manor with beautiful photos from The Image Mill!
Dan and Courtney met on a blind date set up by his cousin, and immediately felt a unique connection. Since they lived about two hours apart, the couple began alternating weekends so that they could see each other as much as possible. When Dan and Courtney travelled to Oklahoma to visit her family (and for him to meet them for the first time!), Dan arranged for a romantic afternoon together in Oklahoma City. He distracted her with taking a picture, and while she was looking at the camera, he got down on one knee. Of course, she said yes, and they began planning their May 2013 wedding!
They met with Melissa at The Hudson Manor and instantly knew that it was the right place to tie the knot. “The Hudson Manor had a package deal that included almost everything for one price. I loved that! It made wedding planning so much easier and more fun!” the bride said.
The couple decided on a color palette of aqua, grey, black and white, which complimented the elegance of the venue perfectly. They also used several members of the SB&G Family to make their big day exactly as they’d pictured it, including The Hudson Manor and CE Rental.
Check out these beautiful photos of their big day, courtesy of Greg Mills of The Image Mill.
Wedding Consultant: Melissa Cogliati, The Hudson Manor
Rehearsal Dinner: The Hudson Manor
Ceremony & Reception: The Hudson Manor
Caterer: The Hudson Manor
Photographer: The Image Mill
Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo, Maggi Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Warehouse
Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes
Reception Music: DJ Richie
Linens: CE Rental
Transportation: Classy Transportation
Hair: Mary Lou Robson
Makeup: Amber Stone
The Garden on Millbrook is a beautiful Raleigh, NC wedding venue with more than 5,000 square feet of indoor event space, an elegant ballroom, lush lawns, and an attached 4,000 square foot patio. The pond, waterfall, twinkle lights and perfectly manicured grounds are a picturesque backdrop for your wedding ceremony or reception.
With more than thirty years of experience, the staff at The Garden on Millbrook knows how to plan a wonderful wedding. The Garden on Millbrook Catering Company is a full service on and off premise catering company that’s available for all sorts of events — from weddings and Bar Mitzvahs to corporate events and office parties. The head chef and catering manager work one-on-one with couples to create the perfect menu for their wedding day.
The Garden on Millbrook can even provide mahogany chiavari chairs, tables, linens, glassware, uplighting and china to make planning your big day a breeze.
Emily and Pat tied the knot at The Garden on Millbrook on September 29, 2012. The couple met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. After dating for a while, Emily and Pat returned to the restaurant where they’d had their first date, and Pat popped the question! Of course, Emily said yes, and they began planning their fall wedding.
Emily is a wedding planner with Your Special Day Weddings & Special Events, so she knew many local venues. She wanted a fun place with great customer service and delicious food, where she and Pat could have both their ceremony and reception. She knew The Garden on Millbrook would be the perfect choice!
A color palette of navy, raspberry and gold was carried throughout the wedding day in the invitations, linens, attire and even the favors. The couple used Southern Bride & Groom and the bride’s knowledge of local wedding professionals to make their big day perfect, and decided to use many members of the SB&G Family, including: The Garden on Millbrook, Shawn Schindler of Your Special Day Weddings & Special Events, The English Garden, CE Rental, Anfesa’s Jewelers, and Shutterbooth!
Check out these beautiful photos from Emily and Pat’s wedding day at The Garden on Millbrook, courtesy of Lauren Garrison Photography!
Wedding Consultant: Shawn Schindler of Your Special Day Weddings & Special Events
Rehearsal Dinner: Sitti
Ceremony & Reception: The Garden on Millbrook
Caterer: The Garden on Millbrook
Photographer: Lauren Garrison Photography
Videographer: Moonstruck Videography
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Reception Dress: Bebe
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Liles
Florist: The English Garden
Cake: Ashley Cakes
Ceremony & Reception Musicians: Kent Blooms of Joe Bunn DJ Company
Linens: CE Rental
Lighting: Simpsound Productions
Makeup: Perfection by Patricia
Bridal Jewelry: Anfesa’s Jewelers
Wedding Favors: Shutterbooth
The WRAL Azalea Gardens are a beautiful Raleigh, NC wedding venue with a rich local history. The stunning, tranquil setting of the gardens combined with the history of giving back to the community make this venue extraordinarily special — we are so lucky to have something so wonderful right here in the heart of North Carolina!
History & Community Involvement
Capitol Broadcasting Company founder AJ Fletcher created the WRAL Azalea Gardens in 1959, three years after WRAL-TV went on air in Raleigh. Fletcher loved azaleas and finding new varieties to enjoy, so he decided to share that passion with the general public. He personally oversaw the installation of a thousand azaleas on the 5-acre property to create the gardens!
Today, the WRAL Azalea Gardens showcase a full range of flowering and non-flowering plants that are typical in Southern landscaping. Featured plants included azaleas, dogwoods, rhododendrons and hydrangeas. In 2000, the gardens underwent major renovations to accommodate the TV studio expansion — a new fountain and walkway overlooking the gardens were installed in front of the studios, and the new architecture was surrounded with planters and flowerbeds to blend in seamlessly with the natural landscape. In 2003, the WRAL Gardens received the Tree & Landscape Conservation award from the 21st Annual Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance. Today, Fletcher’s grandson, Jim Goodmon, oversees the development and upkeep of the beautiful gardens.
Each year, WRAL sponsors the annual WRAL Azalea Celebration, where WRAL-TV gives away over 10,000 azaleas to more than 100 non-profits all over the state of North Carolina in an effort to beautify the community. To apply to be a part of the celebration, go here.
Beautiful Wedding Ceremonies & Bridal Portraits
The WRAL Azalea Gardens offer a stunning, serene space for outdoor wedding ceremonies. Reservations for weddings may be made for either an 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. ceremony on weekends from March to September. Wedding parties will have access to the gardens for setup 90 minutes prior to the ceremony. Up to 100 chairs are provided, and this fall, the gardens are renovating the restrooms and dressing rooms! The renovations should be completed by March of 2014, just in time for the start of wedding season!
Mid-March to mid-May is the time of year the azaleas are at their most beautiful, with the third weekend in April being the peak. The gardens also offer free reservations for bridal portrait sessions. To reserve your wedding date at the stunning WRAL Azalea Gardens, go here, and to reserve your bridal portrait session time, go here.
Earlier this month, Team SB&G wrapped up yet another beautiful photo shoot for the 2014 edition of Southern Bride & Groom, your Triangle Area wedding resource. We had so much fun working with some members of our family of vendors, and can’t wait to share the full shoot with you when the magazine debuts! But for now, here’s a sneak peek just for you!
This time around, we shot our Couples Fashion spread as part of a Wedding Day styled shoot at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel – one of the most chic and modern wedding venues in Raleigh. The shoot was complete with a wedding party, cake cutting and a fantastic, petal-filled, grand exit. To accomplish the look, we worked with Stacy Borelli of Swank Photo Studio – who went above and beyond to get the perfect shot.
Styling – A Southern Soiree | Hair & Makeup – Douglas Carroll Salon | Cake – Sugarland | Floral Design – English Garden | Paper, Gifts & Jewelry - Charlotte’s | Rentals – Classic Party Rentals | Models – Elevate | China, Glassware & Flatware – Southern Season | Formalwear – Bernard’s Formalwear | Bridal Gowns – Gorgeous Gowns | Formalwear & Bridal Gowns – Savvi Formalwear | Bridesmaid Gowns – Bella Bridesmaid
Here are a few Instagram shots from the behind-the-scenes team that day to give you a preview of what’s to come!
Stay tuned to SB&G for more photo shoot information and, of course, the 2014 edition of the magazine, which will feature a slew of beautiful photos from our Couples Fashion Shoot to help you get inspired for your own big day! Follow us on Instagram for more on #SBG14!
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at SB&G! Today’s Real Raleigh, NC Wedding takes place at The State Club, where Shauna and Johnathan tied the knot in April!
Shauna and Johnathan were high school sweethearts who dated for 12 years before getting married! The two fell in love with The State Club’s elegant vibes, and finally said their I Do’s in Raleigh on April 27, 2013.
Since the couple had been together for so long, they DIYed many elements of their wedding to personalize the occasion — including a collage of their relationship through the years. Combined with their classic white, green and navy color palette, Shauna and Johnathan’s wedding turned out to be an absolutely beautiful celebration.
The couple also used Neil Boyd Photography to capture their big day perfectly!
Check out this sweet couple’s beautiful wedding and the story behind their relationship on the Shauna and Johnathan Real Wedding page!
Want your wedding to be featured on SB&G? Submit it here!
It’s Wedding Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Melissa and Cory’s sweet, quintessentially Southern Real Raleigh, NC wedding at the NC State University Club in June.
Melissa and Cory met while working as restaurant servers during college. He went to NC State, she went to UNC, and they worked at Rudino’s, a sports bar halfway between their respective schools. The two quickly became friends, but it took them an entire year before deciding to officially begin dating and become a couple.
Melissa and Cory were both finishing up a semester of law school, which happened to be right around Melissa’s birthday. Cory had always taken her out for a birthday celebration, but he suggested waiting until the following day so she could commit to her studies. After her exam, Melissa went to her parent’s house and found Cory waiting for her! He handed her an envelope that contained tickets to the Nutcracker ballet for the following evening. He told her he was going to get dressed up, so she should, too. The two went out to dinner at one of their favorite local restaurants, 42nd Street Oyster Bar, where Cory had first told Melissa that he loved her three years prior, and then went to see the ballet. On the way home, Cory suggested that they stop by Rudino’s to see some friends. When they arrived, he took her to the restaurant’s porch, where they had first met. He’d set up a table covered in candles and roses. He got down on one knee, and popped the question! Of course, Melissa said yes! The couple went back to Melissa’s parents house, where Cory’s family joined them to celebrate their engagement.
The couple tied the knot at Melissa’s parent’s church, Fairmont United Methodist, followed by a reception at the NC State University Club. Melissa and Cory’s wedding paid homage to the couple’s home state of North Carolina, and was celebrated in quintessential Southern style with a color scheme of pale Tiffany blue and bright geranium pink. The color palette was carried out through the stunning florals — arrangements of hydrangeas, spray roses, Queen Anne’s lace, and chamomile daisies — the beautiful bridesmaids dresses, the boy’s ties, and soft table linens. Melissa’s mother actually made the couple’s wedding cake herself, and wait ’til you see the pictures, it’s a beauty! The couple also had strawberry jam that they made as wedding favors for their guests.
Melissa changed into a white going-away dress for the grand exit and wore a corsage her mother had made, just as she had done at her wedding years prior. Enjoy the couple’s stunning photographs, courtesy of Wake Forest Portrait Shoppe!
Ceremony Location: Fairmont United Methodist Church
Reception Location: NC State University Club
Minister: Rev. Randall Holste
Rehearsal Dinner: Backyard Bistro
Bridesmaid Luncheon: Caffe Luna
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Nina
Bridesmaids Dresses: Gorgeous Gowns
Mother of the Bride Dress: Gorgeous Gowns
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Gifts: Monogrammed ties
Hair and Makeup: Bottega
Photographer: Wake Forest Portrait Shoppe
Videographer: Beth Lawrence
Florist: MEWS Designs
Cake: Bride’s mother, Ginny Evett
Invitations: Invitation Box
Ceremony Music: Dayle Welch
Reception Music: The Perfect Beat
Guest Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone
Wedding Favors: Homemade strawberry jam
Transportation: Classy Transportation